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Meal Ideas 21 March 2022

A Savory Meal for Spring Celebrations

(Family Features) From picnics and family reunions to al fresco meals on the patio, flavor and freshness can make springtime dishes truly mouthwatering. As you plan your spring menu for time with loved ones, think outside the box with recipes that can feed a crowd.

One easy way to elevate your warm weather entertaining is with a lean, delicate protein like grass-fed lamb available at Whole Foods Market from Atkins Ranch, a leader in environmental stewardship and one of the first members of Land to Market, which advocates for regenerative agriculture – a type of outcomes-based land management that seeks to heal landscapes instead of degrading them. In fact, many of the lamb ranchers set aside areas for conservation purposes to focus on regenerating land and water to keep the environment as pristine as possible.

The lambs are raised just as nature intended: 100% grass-fed and free to roam on pastures in fresh air and sunshine, culminating in a result that’s better for you, the animals and the planet.

As the first lamb producer in the world to achieve Non-GMO Project verification, Atkins Ranch is also the first to achieve Global Animal Partnership Step-4 certification for farm animal welfare. If you’re unfamiliar with lamb, consider these cooking tips and pairing options for a deliciously divine spread at your next springtime soiree.

How to Cook Lamb
For cuts like legs, shanks, shoulder roasts and stew meat, slow cooking is the answer. This Herb Crusted Bone-In Leg of Lamb, for example, is roasted for about 3 hours to reach a juicy tenderness complemented by fresh herbs and a mint sauce.

Turn to the grill or stovetop for a quicker cooking method with cuts such as chops, rack and ground lamb. Cooking over an open fire allows the smokiness to meld with lamb’s naturally rich flavor.

What to Pair with Lamb
With its rich, meaty flavor, lamb is a perfect main course for spring meals. Try balancing it out with these sides:

  • Salad – Like many proteins, lamb is complemented well by fresh greens. Toss baby spinach with a light vinaigrette and fresh fruit, like strawberries, for a true springtime salad.
  • Sweet Potatoes – The subtlety of a sweet potato dish is nearly a must to pair with lamb. Sweeten the meal even further by mashing with orange juice and zest for a lightly tangy side.
  • Asparagus – A classic side for many spring meals, roasted asparagus is easy to prepare whether in the oven or on the grill.

Find more grass-fed lamb cooking tips and recipes at AtkinsRanch.com.

Herb Crusted Bone-In Leg of Lamb

Prep time: 3 hours
Cook time: about 3 hours (depending on size and doneness)
Servings: 15

  • 1 Atkins Ranch bone-in leg of lamb (about 8 pounds)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 8 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup white wine

Herb Crust:

  • 2 large egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons minced rosemary leaves
  • 2 tablespoons minced thyme leaves
  • 2 tablespoons ground peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • fresh mint sauce, for serving
  1. About 2 hours before preparing, remove leg of lamb from fridge to ensure even cooking. Remove gland to prevent gaminess during cooking.
  2. Preheat oven to 325 F on convection setting. Score skin of both sides of leg of lamb.
  3. In bowl, whisk olive oil, garlic, Dijon mustard, salt and white wine. Brush onto both sides of lamb, pressing into scored crevices.
  4. Place leg in roasting pan on roasting rack. Insert cooking probe into thickest part of meat, not touching bone. Cook about 1 hour and 20 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 95 F.
  5. Reduce oven temperature to 300 F and cook to desired doneness. For medium-rare doneness, remove lamb once probe reaches 125 F.
  6. To make herb curst: In bowl, whisk egg whites until evenly foamy with tiny bubbles. Brush onto both sides of lamb.
  7. In separate small bowl, mix rosemary, thyme, peppercorns and salt. Press herb crust mixture onto areas brushed with egg whites. Place back in pan and cook about 5-7 minutes until crust is formed and browned. Remove from oven and rest 30 minutes.
  8. Carve lamb, arrange on platter and serve with fresh mint sauce.

Source: Atkins Ranch

Meal Ideas 07 February 2022

Made with Love

Set the table for romance with a delicious date night at home

(Family Features) Planning a delicious, romantic date night doesn’t have to take you any further than your own kitchen. You don’t have to be an accomplished chef to set the table for romance, but you can take inspiration from simple, quality Italian dishes to celebrate the link between food and love.

As these recipes show, a romantic meal can be ready in minutes or, like a great love story, simmered to perfection. To plan the ultimate date night at home, start by choosing one of these dreamy main dishes made with mouthwatering sauces.

Flavorful sauces make a great Italian meal, but the sauce doesn’t need to be made from scratch (at least, not completely). For example, Bertolli d’Italia sauces are made in Italy for authentically delicious flavor. They are crafted with tomatoes vine-ripened under the Italian sun, finely aged Italian cheeses, fresh cream and Mediterranean olive oil. The result is a sauce that’s perfect for your date-night meal.

Once you select your main course, prepare a simple salad of greens with a drizzle of Italian vinaigrette or Caesar dressing. Pop a loaf of bakery-fresh Italian or focaccia bread into the oven to warm through and serve with butter or olive oil for dipping. If you’re so inclined, cap off the meal with a classic Italian dessert from your local bakery, like tiramisu, cannoli or a creamy panna cotta topped with fresh fruit.

Find more romantic dishes perfect for sharing at Bertolli.com.

Italian Sausage Spinach and Tomato Rigatoni

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes

  • Water
  • 1/2 box rigatoni pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 16 ounces sweet Italian sausage
  • 1 jar Bertolli d'Italia Marinara Sauce
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • Parmesan cheese, for garnish
  1. Bring large stockpot of water to boil. Boil rigatoni pasta until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. In saute pan over medium heat, add olive oil. Add onions, garlic and mushrooms. Saute until vegetables start to brown. Add Italian sausage and cook until done, breaking into small pieces. Add sauce and bring to low boil.
  3. Add baby spinach. Cook until spinach is mostly wilted. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Add drained pasta to pan with sausage and sauce. Toss and divide between plates. Garnish with Parmesan cheese.

Red Wine Braised Beef Short Rib Ragu

Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 3 hours

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 pounds bone-in beef short ribs
  • salt, to taste
  • ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and finely diced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 8 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 2 sprigs fresh sage leaves, chopped
  • 8 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 jar Bertolli d'Italia Marinara Sauce
  • 2 cups beef bone broth
  • water
  • 24 ounces pappardelle pasta or preferred pasta
  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for garnish
  1. Heat oven to 350 F.
  2. In 5-quart Dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium heat. Season short ribs with salt and ground black pepper, to taste. Place one layer of short ribs in pot. Set remaining ribs aside.
  3. Cook ribs 3-4 minutes per side until browned. Transfer to plate and set aside. Repeat with remaining short ribs.
  4. Add celery, carrots and onion to pot used to brown ribs. Stir and cook until vegetables are browned, about 15 minutes.
  5. Add garlic and stir 1-2 minutes. Add tomato paste. Cook 2-3 minutes.
  6. Carefully pour red wine into pot.
  7. Stir and scrape any browned bits from bottom of pot. Cook 3-4 minutes until wine is almost completely absorbed into vegetables.
  8. Add rosemary, sage, thyme and bay leaves to pot. Add sauce, bone broth and browned ribs. Cover pot and place in oven 2 1/2-3 hours, or until ribs are fall-apart tender.
  9. Remove pot from oven. Transfer ribs to plate or cutting board. Remove and discard herb stems and bay leaves. Remove bones from ribs then shred meat into bite-sized pieces using two forks or tongs. Return shredded ribs to pot with ragu. Stir to combine. Set aside.
  10. Bring large stockpot of water to boil. Boil pappardelle pasta until al dente. Add drained pasta to pot with beef ragu and toss until combined.
  11. Garnish with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Creamy Italian Garlic Chicken Pasta

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, cut into strips
  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained
  • 6 fresh basil leaves, sliced
  • 1 jar Bertolli d'Italia Creamy Rosa Sauce
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • water
  • 1/2 box Casarecce or preferred pasta
  • parsley, for garnish
  • Parmesan cheese, for garnish
  1. In saute pan over medium heat, add olive oil. Season chicken with Italian seasoning and salt and pepper to taste. Sear chicken breasts on both sides until browned. Remove from pan and set aside.
  2. Add garlic and onions to hot pan. Cook until starting to brown. Add sun-dried tomatoes, capers and basil; stir. Add sauce and heavy cream; cook until mixture starts boiling.
  3. Bring large stockpot of water to boil. Boil Casarecce pasta until al dente. Divide pasta between two plates. Place one chicken breast over pasta on each plate and top with additional sauce, parsley and Parmesan cheese.

Source: Bertolli

Videos 13 December 2021

Cheesy Spinach Ravioli

(Family Features) One of the easiest ways to warm up at the end of a winter day – both inside and out – is by sharing a comforting meal with loved ones.

Getting your whole family to the table can be surprisingly easy when a savory dish like Cheesy Spinach Ravioli awaits. This recipe offers a kid-friendly way to get a serving of greens along with favorite flavors. Originally started by an Italian mother more than 80 years ago, having a delicious jar of RAGÙ sauce in hand, with its distinctive yellow cap, can help anyone create this mouthwatering recipe and quick real-world dishes at home.

Having a go-to jar of sauce in your pantry offers an invaluable resource for at-home cooks who want to “cook like a mother” and create delicious, homemade recipes regardless of culinary skill. With a wide array of flavor varieties, the rich heritage of these familiar sauces can quickly help you make cold days feel far away while elevating everyday meals at the family table.

Visit Ragu.com to find more winter recipe inspiration.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

 

Cheesy Spinach Ravioli

Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: about 1 hour
Yield: 17-20 ravioli

Dough:

  • 3          cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1          pinch salt
  • 1/4       teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2       teaspoon olive oil
  • 4          whole eggs
  • 2          egg yolks
  • water

Filling:

  • 1/2       teaspoon olive oil
  • 2          cups chopped spinach, fresh or frozen
  • 1          pinch salt
  • 1          pinch pepper
  • 1          container (15 ounces) ricotta cheese

Toppings:

  • 1          jar (24 ounces) RAGÙ Old World Style Traditional Sauce
  • shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2          chopped basil leaves
  • 2          chopped sprigs rosemary
  • grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
  1. To make dough: Place 2 1/2 cups flour in bowl and make hole in center. Add salt, garlic powder, olive oil, eggs and egg yolks to hole. Slowly bring flour into middle and knead into ball. Cover with bowl and let rest 20 minutes.
  2. To make filling: In pan over medium heat, add olive oil; add spinach, salt and pepper then saute until spinach is wilted. Let cool then mix in ricotta cheese; set aside.
  3. Cut dough in half. Sprinkle remaining flour on large cutting board and roll dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut into rectangle then cut into 2-3-inch squares. Set scraps aside. Brush water on squares then spoon 1 teaspoon spinach-ricotta filling in center of every other square. Top with remaining squares. Use fork to crimp edges. Repeat with remaining dough. Form scraps into ball and repeat.
  4. Put ravioli in boiling water, 8-10 minutes; they will rise to top when done.
  5. In saucepan over medium heat, heat sauce until simmering.
  6. Place ravioli on plate and top with warm sauce, mozzarella cheese, basil and rosemary. Grate Parmesan cheese on top, if desired.

Source: Ragu Foods

Meal Ideas 09 December 2021

Warm Up Winter with Comforting Classics

(Family Features) Whipping up family favorites all winter long is a perfect activity to keep loved ones warm in the kitchen while avoiding the bitter chill outdoors. Delicious, heartwarming snacks offer a simple and savory way to bring everyone in from the cold while enjoying comforting flavors together.

Lean on beloved ingredients like go-to RAGÚ sauces when it’s time to come together for quick bites. The possibilities are nearly endless with delicious recipes using classics like the RAGÚ Old World Style Traditional or RAGÚ Simply Traditional options.

Hearty flavors can take away the chill of winter in recipes like Snowman Pizza Bombs, Polenta Bites and Baked Tomato Goat Cheese Dip. Easy to make and fun to create together, these simple snacks are perfect for a cold afternoon spent together in the kitchen or watching a family-movie marathon.

Originally started by an Italian mother more than 80 years ago, RAGÚ sauce, known for its distinctive yellow cap, is the perfect have-on-hand pantry staple to help you create easy and delicious home cooking. As an invaluable resource and family favorite since 1937, RAGÚ sauces easily allow anyone, regardless of gender or culinary skillset, to “cook like a mother” and serve up delicious, homemade favorites. The brand’s rich heritage and array of sauce choices ensures that your next cold-weather day spent inside will be elevated with family-favorite snacks and easy and taste-tempting meals made with RAGÚ.

Find more recipes perfect for warming up this winter at Ragu.com.

Baked Tomato Goat Cheese Dip

Recipe courtesy of Marzia Aziz of "Little Spice Jar"
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4-6

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 2 cups RAGÚ Simply Traditional Sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, divided
  • 1/ 4 cup fresh basil, chopped, divided
  • 1/8-1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 log (10-10 1/2 ounces) goat cheese, softened at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil, plus additional for brushing, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • kosher salt, divided
  • pepper
  • 1 large baguette, sliced on bias
  • blistered tomatoes, for serving (optional)
  1. Position one rack in upper third of oven and one in lower third. Preheat oven to 375 F. Spray small, round baking dish with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
  2. Add sauce to small bowl. Grate in two garlic cloves then add 1/8 cup basil and red pepper flakes. Stir to combine then pour sauce into baking dish.
  3. Smash goat cheese log into ball. Place ball between two sheets plastic wrap. Using hands, flatten cheese into thick, round disc about 1 inch smaller in diameter than baking dish. Remove goat cheese from plastic wrap and place in center of sauce. Drizzle cheese with 2 teaspoons olive oil. Sprinkle with fresh thyme, kosher salt and pepper. Bake on lower rack, uncovered, 20-25 minutes, or until sauce is bubbly and cheese is warmed through.
  4. Place baguette slices on baking sheet. Drizzle or brush with olive oil and sprinkle with kosher salt. Bake crostini on upper rack 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway through. When bread is done, remove from oven, cut last garlic clove in half and rub cut side on bread.
  5. Top dip with remaining basil and blistered tomatoes, if desired, and serve with crostini.

Note: To make blistered tomatoes: Heat skillet over medium-high heat until almost smoking. Add 1 pint cherry tomatoes to dry skillet and let sit 1 minute. Lower heat to low, toss tomatoes with 2 teaspoons olive oil and cook 2-3 minutes, or until tomatoes are about to burst. Remove from heat; sprinkle with pinch of salt and pepper.

Polenta Bites

  • 1 tube (18 ounces) polenta
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) RAGÚ Chunky Tomato, Garlic and Onion Sauce
  • 1 package (8 ounces) shredded mozzarella
  • 2 sprigs, rosemary, destemmed and chopped
  • 3 basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 block (8 ounces) hard Parmesan cheese
  1. Cut polenta into slices. In skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat; fry polenta slices 10-12 minutes on each side until crispy and golden brown.
  2. In saucepan over medium heat, warm sauce.
  3. Place polenta slices on tray and sprinkle with mozzarella. Place 1/2 teaspoon warm sauce on each slice then sprinkle with chopped rosemary and basil. Grate hard Parmesan onto each slice for topping.

Snowman Pizza Bombs

  • 1 tube (11.8 ounces) pizza dough
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) RAGÚ Old World Style Traditional Sauce
  • 1 package (6 ounces) pepperoni slices
  • 1 package (6 ounces) Canadian bacon slices
  • 1 package (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 package (8 ounces) mozzarella cheese slices

Decorative vegetables (optional):

  • multicolored sweet peppers
  • olives
  • spinach
  • mushrooms
  • cherry tomatoes
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Cut pizza dough into 12 squares. On each square, place 1/2 teaspoon sauce and evenly top with pepperoni, Canadian bacon and cheddar cheese.
  3. Pinch corners of dough together to round into balls then place in muffin tins.
  4. In small bowl, mix melted butter, garlic powder and Italian seasoning; brush generously over dough balls.
  5. Bake 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
  6. Remove from muffin tin and carefully shape dough balls into circles; place on baking sheet. Cover with mozzarella slices and bake until melted.
  7. Create snowman faces by decorating each with peppers, olives, spinach, mushrooms and cherry tomatoes, if desired. Use remaining sauce for dipping.

Source: RAGÚ

Holiday 18 November 2021

Holiday Entertaining is Back with Sweet, Savory and Oh So Cheesy Ideas

Real California Milk helps impress guests with the California Cheese Centerpiece and Cookie Exchange Board

(Family Features) This holiday season, entertaining is back on the table and that means endless opportunities to showcase Instagram-worthy ideas. For those looking to impress friends and family, Real California Milk has two unique culinary ideas to take holiday traditions to the next level: The Cheese Centerpiece and Cookie Exchange Board. From fresh food as bountiful décor to camera-ready cookie presentations, incorporating California dairy into your entertaining is a winning holiday strategy.

California Cheese Centerpiece
The mission? Create a holiday centerpiece but make it delicious. Real California Milk partner Jessica Lawrenz, Founder of Monger, Mold and Milk, took the challenge with the California Cheese Centerpiece, the ultimate in edible entertaining with a beautiful display of Real California Cheeses, salami, fruits and vegetables arranged with fragrant herbal garnishes in a display sure to impress family and friends. As a bonus, it creates less waste than a stand-alone floral bouquet (and you’ll have less to clean up!).   

Find additional cheese displays and holiday recipes at realcaliforniamilk.com.

INGREDIENTS:

Variety of firm to medium (semi-firm) Real California Cheeses (find them here: https://www.realcaliforniamilk.com/cheese-makers)

Shown in arrangement:

  • Real California Dry Jack cheese wedges
  • Real California Wine-soaked Cheddar wedges
  • Real California Triple Cream cheese wedges
  • Salumi or salami, made into roses

Fresh fruits and vegetables:

  • Mini clementines or kumquats
  • Grapes or currants (both shown)
  • Fresh figs
  • Gooseberries
  • Cucamelons or mini cucumbers
  • Cherry tomatoes (tiger stripe tomatoes shown but any small tomato works)

Garnishes:

  • Bay leaf stems
  • Olive leaf stems
  • Rosemary branches
  • Lavender stems
  • Sage bunches
  • Chive or garlic flowers or any edible flower with a stem

Tools and Materials:

  • Circular tray or plate
  • Craft or flora foam (half sphere shape that is at least 1-inch smaller in diameter than your tray)
  • Double-sided tape
  • Plastic wrap
  • Toothpicks, U-shape bamboo toothpicks (optional)
  • Cookie cutter shapes (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Cover foam in plastic wrap to protect food from making contact with the foam.
  • Use double-sided tape to secure the foam to the tray.
  • Now you can start assembling the centerpiece. Start from the bottom and work your way up to the top of the sphere.
  • Use the bulk of your leafy garnishment (bay leaf stems, olive leaf stems, sage bunches) on the bottom layer to create a base and coverage by poking the stems into the foam. If needed you can trim the bottom of the stem in a diagonal direction to create a more pokey end OR use a toothpick to pierce a hole in the place where you want to insert stems.
  • For best visual appeal, fruits like grapes and currants should be arranged to kind of flow over the edge of the tray near the bottom as well. PRO TIP: Use “U” shaped bamboo toothpicks to secure the stems of the hanging fruits into the foam.
  • From here use toothpicks to secure cheese wedges, salumi roses, fruits and vegetables into the foam. Cut shorter, triangular pieces of cheese (as opposed to longer triangular pieces used for a long/rectangular centerpiece). Use any tall wedges near the bottom where they will be easy to grab but not sticking out too far if placed near the top. You can use cookie cutter shapes as well for the cheeses, if desired.
  • Finally, take any of the smaller garnish pieces you have (lavender, chive flowers, rosemary ends, loose leaves) to fill in the spaces between all the items.

Holiday Cookie Exchange Board
If a cookie exchange is on the docket for this year’s holiday or you’re simply looking to upgrade your dessert table, take some tips from this stunning cookie exchange presentation. Mix and match Real California Milk cookie recipes to create a mouthwatering arrangement and decorate with mini candy canes, holiday lollipops, various holiday décor and lights. Add napkins, cookie bags for take-away, and recipe cards for sharing, and let your guests go to town.

Dipped in melted dark chocolate and rolled in crushed peppermint candies or Holiday sprinkles

Leave out ice cream, exchange holiday sprinkles for rainbow sprinkles, and dip in melted white chocolate with color for extra festivity

California is the nation’s leading milk producer and is responsible for producing more butter, ice cream and nonfat dry milk than any other state. The state is the second-largest producer of cheese and yogurt. California milk and dairy foods can be identified by the Real California Milk seal, which certifies they are made exclusively with milk from the state’s dairy farm families.

About Real California Milk/California Milk Advisory Board

The California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB), an instrumentality of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, is funded by the state’s dairy farm families who lead the nation in sustainable dairy farming practices. With a vision to nourish the world with the wholesome goodness of Real California Milk, the CMAB’s programs focus on increasing demand for California’s sustainable dairy products in the state, across the U.S. and around the world through advertising, public relations, research, and retail and foodservice promotional programs. For more information and to connect with the CMAB, visit RealCaliforniaMilk.comFacebookYouTubeTwitterInstagram and Pinterest.

Source: Real California Milk

Videos 16 November 2021

Comfort Holiday Guests with a Satisfying Snack

(Family Features) When guests arrive for the holidays, handshakes and hugs are often the first order of business. However, a satisfying snack to tide hunger before the big meal is likely the next thought on everyone’s mind.

Keeping your loved ones full and content can be done with apples, an ingredient that heightens the flavor and appearance of favorite recipes like Apple Stuffing Bites with Rosemary Gravy. This comforting dish can be shared among the crowd for an easy way to call everyone to the kitchen.

An option like Envy Apples offer satisfying texture and taste with a consistently balanced, refreshing sweetness coupled with a crisp, elegant crunch. Perfect for small plates or use in recipes ranging from dinner to dessert, they also make for an easy snack when eaten fresh out of hand. A crimson red skin over a golden background practically glows, and their white flesh is naturally slow to brown when sliced for fresher flavor in sweet treats.

Visit EnvyApple.com to find more holiday appetizers.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

Apple Stuffing Bites with Rosemary Gravy

  • 1          box stovetop stuffing
  • 2          tablespoons butter
  • 2          cups diced Envy Apples
  • 1/2       onion, diced small

Gravy:

  • 3          tablespoons butter
  • 3          tablespoons flour
  • 2          cups beef broth
  • 2          teaspoons kosher salt
  • 20        turns fresh cracked pepper
  • 1          teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1          tablespoon finely chopped rosemary
  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. Cook stuffing according to package directions; set aside and allow to cool slightly.
  3. In large saute pan, melt butter saute apples and onion until tender. Set aside to cool slightly.
  4. Stir together stuffing and apple mixture. Spread stuffing on sheet tray and allow to cool in refrigerator.
  5. After cooling, form stuffing into medium bites and place on sheet tray lined with parchment paper.
  6. Broil bites 8-10 minutes until golden brown and slightly crispy.
  7. To make gravy: In small pot, melt butter and whisk in flour. Cook flour 1 minute, whisking frequently.
  8. Whisk in beef broth, salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce; bring to boil, whisking frequently. Remove from heat and stir in rosemary. If desired, continue gently simmering gravy to thicken.
  9. Arrange stuffing bites in serving dish and drizzle with gravy. Serve hot.

Source: Envy Apples

Holiday 09 November 2021

Delightful Dishes to Dazzle Holiday Guests

(Family Features) Entertaining guests during the holidays isn’t just about a main course that calls all to the table. What often makes a festive gathering more fruitful is a spread of delicious appetizers, delightful drinks and divine desserts that keep loved ones coming back to the kitchen for more.

For appetizing dishes from the first guest at the house to the last out the door, you can heighten the flavor and appearance of favorite recipes with one simple ingredient: apples. Ranging from tart to sugary sweet, finding the right balance for your palate is key. Scent can also influence taste, especially when you have a balanced sweetness with an uplifting, fresh aroma.

Turn to an option like Envy Apples this holiday season for satisfying texture and taste with a consistently balanced, refreshing sweetness coupled with a crisp, elegant crunch. They make for an easy snack when eaten fresh out of hand but are also perfect for holding over pre-dinner appetites in small plates like this Bell-Issimo Brie Melt or Apple Stuffing Bites with Rosemary Gravy.

The versatile flavor of apples isn’t just limited to foods, however. For the adults in the room, Pumpkin Spice Apple Cider with a splash of bourbon is a seasonally appropriate way to quench thirst and break the ice. Simply omit the bourbon for a kid-friendly version so the whole party can savor a sip.

Easy to spot with their crimson red skin over a golden background that practically glows, Envy Apples offer an easy, eye-catching way to try new tastes and celebrate joyful occasions together. The bright white flesh is naturally slow to brown when sliced for a fresher flavor in sweet treats like Apple Oat Crumble and Citrus Caramel Topping for a tasty way to elevate your holiday get-togethers.

Find more sweet holiday recipes at EnvyApple.com.

Apple Oat Crumble and Citrus Caramel Topping

  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 Envy Apples, diced into large cubes
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, diced small
  • 1/2 cup caramel
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 orange, zest only
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • vanilla ice cream
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In bowl, stir together sugar and ground cinnamon.
  3. Toss apples in lemon juice then in cinnamon sugar mixture. Spread in 9-inch pie dish.
  4. In another bowl, stir together brown sugar, flour and oats. Using hands or fork, cut in butter until pea size crumbs form. Sprinkle evenly over apples.
  5. Bake 40-45 minutes until mixture is bubbling and golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool 15 minutes.
  6. In small pot, whisk caramel, salt, orange zest and orange juice until warm.
  7. Spoon apple oat crumble over large scoop vanilla ice cream and top with salted citrus caramel.

Apple Stuffing Bites with Rosemary Gravy

  • 1 box stovetop stuffing
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups diced Envy Apples
  • 1/2 onion, diced small

Gravy:

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 20 turns fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped rosemary
  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. Cook stuffing according to package directions; set aside and allow to cool slightly.
  3. In large saute pan, melt butter saute apples and onion until tender. Set aside to cool slightly.
  4. Stir together stuffing and apple mixture. Spread stuffing on sheet tray and allow to cool in refrigerator.
  5. After cooling, form stuffing into medium bites and place on sheet tray lined with parchment paper.
  6. Broil bites until golden brown and slightly crispy.
  7. To make gravy: In small pot, melt butter and whisk in flour. Cook flour 1 minute, whisking frequently.
  8. Whisk in beef broth, salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce; bring to boil, whisking frequently. Remove from heat and stir in rosemary. If desired, continue gently simmering gravy to thicken.
  9. Arrange stuffing bites in serving dish and drizzle with gravy. Serve hot.

Pumpkin Spice Apple Cider

  • 1 Envy Apple, diced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 4 ounces pumpkin spice apple cider
  • demerara sugar
  • Envy Apple slices, for garnish
  • rosemary, for garnish
  • cinnamon stick, for garnish
  1. In pan over medium heat, saute diced apples in butter and pumpkin spice 5-10 minutes.
  2. In glass, combine bourbon and pumpkin spice apple cider; top with sauteed apples.
  3. Add demerara sugar then garnish with apple slices, rosemary and cinnamon stick.

Bell-Issimo Brie Melt

  • 1 round brie (6-8 ounces)
  • 2 Envy Apples
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • firm crackers
  1. Unwrap brie and place on microwave-safe dish. Cut off top of brie round and microwave 60 seconds until middle is soft.
  2. Slice apples into thick wedges.
  3. Top brie with half the apples, crushed walnuts and dried cranberries.
  4. Serve with firm crackers and remaining apple wedges.

Source: Envy Apples

Holiday 14 October 2021

Add Cheer to the Holidays with Cheesy Plant-Based Appetizers

(Family Features) Reconnecting with family and friends over the holidays means food takes center stage. Perhaps nothing says “happy holidays” quite like a plate of seasonal appetizers. Make your traditional recipes extra special this year with a plant-based twist that starts with cheese.

Holiday plant-based cheese dishes combine cheesiness that people love with fresh vegetables so your hors d’oeurve tray can be enjoyed by everyone no matter their lifestyle or dietary needs. Start holiday eating with a batch of Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms loaded with a colorful assortment of vegetables like onions, zucchini, tomatoes and spinach, and generously topped with plant-based cheese shreds to make an especially cheesy, indulgent and satisfying snack. Or try frying up a plate of Vegan Brussels Sprouts Fritters stuffed with melty, creamy plant-based cheddar cheese for a delicious bite of seasonal comfort.

Try the full range of Violife vegan cheeses to bring these party starters to life. There is no sacrificing taste to enjoy delectable holiday recipes made with melty, stretchy and flavorful vegan cheese. These cheeses are free from dairy, soy, nuts, gluten, preservatives and lactose and are non-GMO. They are made with plant-based ingredients and come in a variety of savory shreds, smokey slices, wedges, blocks or as a cream cheese alternative. Plus, these vegan cheeses are perfect for including in plant-forward holiday spreads and starting new holiday traditions.

Visit violifefoods.com to find more appetizers and snacks for your holiday gatherings.

Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 12 button mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 large sweet onion, diced
  • 2 medium zucchinis, diced
  • 4-6 sun dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large handful spinach
  • 1 pinch rosemary
  • salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 pack Violife Just Like Cheddar Shreds
  • finely chopped chives
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Use damp kitchen towel to clean mushrooms. Remove stalks from mushrooms. Rub with 1 tablespoon olive oil and place on lined baking sheet with empty sides up.
  3. In frying pan, saute onions in remaining olive oil until soft then add zucchinis, tomatoes and garlic. Add spinach until wilted. Remove from heat and add rosemary, salt, to taste, and pepper, to taste.
  4. Stuff each mushroom with vegetable mixture and sprinkle with cheese shreds. Bake 15-20 minutes. Sprinkle with finely chopped chives.

Vegan Brussels Sprouts Fritters

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8

  • 35 ounces Brussels sprouts
  • 3 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • pink pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 flax egg (2 tablespoons flax and 2 tablespoons water)
  • 1 pack Violife Just Like Cheddar Shreds
  • 2-4 tablespoons olive oil
  • mint, roughly chopped
  1. Wash Brussels sprouts and finely slice. Place in bowl with green onions.
  2. In separate bowl, whisk flour, salt, black pepper, pink pepper, paprika and garlic powder.
  3. Add dry ingredients and flax egg to Brussels sprouts mixture then add cheddar shreds. Mix well and let rest in refrigerator 10 minutes.
  4. In frying pan, heat olive oil. Use hands to make one patty with 2 tablespoons of mixture.
  5. Shallow fry 4 minutes on each side. Remove and place on plate with paper towels to drain excess oil. Repeat with remaining mixture. Garnish with mint.

Source: Violife

Holiday 12 October 2021

Special Centerpieces for Holiday Celebrations

(Family Features) Few things bring family and friends together quite like the holidays, and serving up an elegant, seasonal meal centered around a mouthwatering main dish is a recipe for creating lasting memories with the ones you love.

Forging a fabulous holiday experience for the special people in your life starts with choosing a flavorful, tender cut of meat to serve as the centerpiece of the meal. Hand-cut by expert butchers, options like Spiral-Sliced Ham, Boneless Heart of Prime Rib Roast and Butcher’s Cut Filet Mignons from Omaha Steaks can serve as the focal point of a memorable holiday dinner. Flash frozen to capture freshness and flavor, you can select a standout cut of meat from the comfort of your home and have it delivered directly to your door in time to put together a tender, juicy main course.

Find more holiday recipe inspiration at OmahaSteaks.com/blog/recipes.

Rum and Cola Holiday Ham

Recipe courtesy of Omaha Steaks Executive Chef David Rose
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 80 minutes
Servings: 10-12

Ham:

  • 1 Omaha Steaks Spiral-Sliced Ham (8 pounds)

Glaze:

  • 1 cup cherry fruit spread
  • 3/4 cup dark spiced rum
  • 3/4 cup cola
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  1. To make ham: Thaw frozen ham in refrigerator 24-48 hours.
  2. Remove from refrigerator and let ham come to room temperature, about 30-45 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 325 F. Remove ham from foil and film. Return ham to foil wrapping and place in oven-safe roasting pan. Roll foil down leaving 2 inches of foil around bottom of ham.
  4. Place roasting pan with ham in oven on lower rack and heat uncovered 60-75 minutes, until ham starts to brown. While ham cooks, make glaze.
  5. To make glaze: In medium saucepot, whisk fruit spread, rum, cola, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard and salt until well incorporated. Bring to boil then reduce heat to medium. Simmer over medium heat 10 minutes then remove from heat. Cool to room temperature.
  6. During last 15 minutes of cooking, glaze ham every 5 minutes.

Dijon-Herb Prime Rib Roast with Garlic Butter Mushrooms

Recipe courtesy of Omaha Steaks Executive Chef David Rose
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 3 hours
Servings: 4-6

Dijon-Herb Rub:

  • 1/4 cup minced fresh Italian parsley
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh oregano
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh rosemary leaves
  • 3 fresh garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika

Prime Rib Roast:

  • 1 Omaha Steaks Boneless Heart of Prime Rib Roast (4 pounds), thawed
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup canola oil

Garlic Butter Mushrooms:

  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup small diced yellow onion
  • 4 fresh garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound button mushrooms, cleaned and quartered
  • 1 pinch kosher salt, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped Italian parsley
  1. To make rub: In medium bowl, whisk parsley, oregano, thyme, rosemary, garlic, Dijon mustard, oil, salt, black pepper and paprika until well incorporated.
  2. To make prime rib roast: Pat prime rib roast dry on all sides with paper towels. Season generously with salt and pepper, to taste. Allow roast to come to room temperature about 30 minutes.
  3. Rub Dijon herb rub all over prime rib roast and allow to stand 10 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 250 F.
  5. In large cast-iron pan, warm oil over medium-high heat.
  6. Sear roast on all sides until golden brown, 2-3 minutes per side.
  7. Place seared prime rib on wire rack-lined sheet pan and place in oven.
  8. Cook until internal temperature is 10 F below desired cooking doneness.
  9. Rest 15-20 minutes before slicing.
  10. To make mushrooms: In large pan, warm olive oil over medium-high heat. Add diced onions and saute about 1 minute.
  11. Add minced garlic and lightly saute until fragrant, about 20 seconds.
  12. Add mushrooms and pinch of salt and ground pepper to pan. Saute 3-4 minutes, or until mushrooms are tender.
  13. Add chicken stock and reduce to one-third in volume, 3-4 minutes.
  14. Add butter and parsley to pan and saute until butter is melted and incorporated. Immediately remove from heat and season, to taste, with salt and pepper.
  15. Serve mushrooms with prime rib roast.

Suya-Dusted Filet Mignon with "Red Rice" Risotto

Recipe courtesy of Omaha Steaks Executive Chef David Rose
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour
Servings: 4

Suya Dust:

  • 2 cups roasted cashews
  • 1 tablespoon chicken bouillon
  • 1 tablespoon, plus 1 teaspoon, smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons. ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder

"Red Rice" Risotto:

  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 cup diced yellow onion
  • 3 fresh garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 large beefsteak tomato (about 1/2 pound), chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus additional, to taste, divided (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, plus additional, to taste, divided (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups Arborio rice
  • 4 cups warmed chicken stock, divided
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped Italian parsley
  • 1 cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese

Filet Mignon:

  • 4 Omaha Steaks Butcher's Cut Filet Mignons (6 ounces each)
  • kosher salt
  • ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 thyme sprig
  1. To make suya dust: In food processor, blend cashews, chicken bouillon, paprika, cayenne pepper, bell pepper, black pepper, ginger, garlic powder and onion powder into fine powder.
  2. To make "red rice" risotto: In medium saucepan, warm canola oil over medium-high heat. Add onions, garlic and red bell pepper, sauteing until lightly caramelized, about 1 minute.
  3. Add tomato paste to pan and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add chopped tomato, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, 1 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper; continue sauteing until tomato starts to break down and soften, 3-4 minutes. Reduce heat to simmer and cook 3-4 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and finely blend in food processor. Set aside.
  5. In separate medium saucepan, warm olive oil and butter over medium-high heat.
  6. Add Arborio rice and stir until slightly nutty and translucent, about 1 minute.
  7. Add pureed tomato-pepper mixture and 1 cup chicken stock; bring to boil then reduce heat to medium.
  8. Add 1 cup stock each time Arborio rice absorbs almost all broth. Continuously stir risotto each time stock is added to rice. Keep adding stock until risotto is al dente and still viscous then stir in parsley and Parmesan cheese. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper, if desired.
  9. To make filet mignon: Pat steaks dry with paper towels and liberally season with salt and ground black pepper on both sides.
  10. In large cast-iron skillet, warm canola oil over medium-high heat.
  11. Place filets in skillet and sear 3 minutes.
  12. Flip steaks and add butter, garlic clove and thyme. Baste steaks with butter and allow filets to finish cooking, 3-4 minutes for medium-rare doneness.
  13. Rest filets 7-8 minutes. Serve over "red rice" risotto and sprinkle suya dust over filets.

Source: Omaha Steaks

Meal Ideas 10 August 2021

Get Outside with Fresh Grilled Flavors

(Family Features) When bright, sunny days offer opportunities to take it outside for a celebration or casual weeknight dinner, take advantage with the fresh flavors of grilled fare. Good food and good company can combine for a meal to remember with loved ones while enjoying the outdoors.

Try taking your grilling game to the next level with Atkins Ranch grass fed ground lamb – available at Whole Foods Market – for lean, delicate flavor perfect for burgers, skewers, meatballs and sausages. Grass fed lamb is a versatile option that’s easy to cook, even on the grill – simply treat it the way you would beef.

If you’re new to cooking lamb, consider these Grilled Lamb Burgers that showcase 100% grass-fed lamb topped with a light herb salad, sliced tomato and yogurt sauce on a brioche bun. Or you can combine a robust herb dipping sauce with Lamb Meatball and Veggie Skewers for a customizable meal hot off the grates.

Visit Take-It-Outside.AtkinsRanch.com for more grilling inspiration.

Lamb Meatball and Veggie Skewers with Herb Sauce

Total time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Yield: 6 skewers

  • 6          wooden skewers
  • 1          pound Atkins Ranch ground lamb
  • 2          large eggs
  • 2/3       cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1          teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2       cup finely minced yellow onion
  • 1          clove minced garlic
  • 1/4       teaspoon coriander seeds, crushed
  • 1/4       teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2       teaspoon kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1          medium red onion, cut into 1-inch stacks
  • 1          medium green bell pepper, cut into 1-inch stacks
  • 1          medium red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch stacks

Herb Sauce:

  • 1          cup flat leaf parsley
  • 2          teaspoons fresh rosemary leaves, minced
  • 2          tablespoons capers
  • 1          lemon, juice only
  • 2          cloves garlic
  • 1/4       cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • grilled Italian bread, for serving
  1. Soak skewers in water 10 minutes.
  2. In large bowl, break apart ground lamb; add whisked eggs and breadcrumbs.
  3. In small saute pan, add olive oil then saute yellow onion, garlic clove, coriander seeds, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper, to taste, about 5 minutes, until onion is translucent and spices are fragrant. Add to bowl with lamb. Mix until combined and form into roughly 1 1/2-ounce balls.
  4. Add meatballs to skewers, alternating with onions and peppers. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour to ensure meatballs hold together during grilling.
  5. To make herb sauce: In immersion blender, blend parsley, rosemary, capers, lemon juice, garlic and olive oil until smooth. Refrigerate until serving.
  6. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
  7. Grill skewers about 3 minutes on each side, or until meatballs reach 150 F internal temperature. Rest 5 minutes. Serve with dipping sauce and grilled Italian bread.

 

Grilled Lamb Burgers

Total time: 1 hour, 20 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 1 1/2    pounds Atkins Ranch ground lamb
  • 1/4       teaspoon kosher salt

Spread:

  • 2/3       cup full-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1          clove raw garlic, grated
  • 1/3       cup mayonnaise
  • 1          tablespoon Dijon mustard

Salad:

  • 1          small English cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 2          green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2          tablespoons chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 2          tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1          tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • 1/4       cup microgreens
  • 2          tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1          teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2          teaspoons olive oil
  • 4          brioche buns
  • 1          medium tomato, sliced into rounds
  1. Gently divide lamb into four parts, 6 ounces each, and shape into rounds slightly larger than buns. Place covered in refrigerator, 1 hour.
  2. To make yogurt sauce: In small bowl, mix yogurt, garlic, mayonnaise and Dijon mustard; refrigerate until ready to assemble burgers.
  3. To make salad: In medium bowl, mix cucumber, onions, parsley, mint leaves, dill, microgreens, lemon juice, lemon zest and olive oil; refrigerate until ready to assemble burgers.
  4. Preheat grill to medium-high heat with direct and indirect zones. Salt patties then add to grill, cooking about 6 minutes on each side until internal temperature reaches 150 F. As patties near this temperature, or start to brown, move to indirect zone to regulate doneness. Transfer to plate and let rest about 5 minutes.
  5. To build burgers, add dollop of yogurt spread to bottom buns. Top each with tomato slice, lamb burger, herb salad and top bun.

Source: Atkins Ranch

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